See our tips on ways to travel responsibly in El Dorado County.

Update September 22, 2020 – El Dorado County is currently at a less restrictive orange tier 

It means that now dine-in restaurants are open for indoor dining at either a maximum 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer. See what is open
PR 20-57 EDC Moves to Orange COVID tier.pdf
What is open in the Orange tier.pdf

Update August 31, 2020 – El Dorado County is currently at a moderate level.  Some indoor business operations are open with modifications.

To find out what this means to your business visit the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy page

Update August 20, 2020 – See the COVID-related protocol for agriculture’s upcoming harvest season

El Dorado County officials today provided a document to agricultural businesses that outlines precautions and protocols they can follow to ensure their operations are safe in light of the COVID-19 pandemic when they open for the 2020 harvest season.

“The instructions allow El Dorado County growers, including those in the popular Apple Hill area, to provide their high-quality agriculture products and uniquely, locally produced handicrafts while discouraging activities that are considered risky for COVID-19 transmission,” said Public Health Officer, Dr. Nancy
Williams.

See press release | See guidelines

Update as of July 13, 2020 – The governor has stated that El Dorado County must close indoor operations at the following locations:

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters 
  • Family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages, and arcades)
  • Zoos and museums
  • Cardrooms

In addition, bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs must close all operations, indoor and outdoor.

See more at the State of California’s website.

July 10, 2020 – Free, mobile, once-a-week testing site in Placerville starting July 14, 2020

MA 20-43 COVID19 mobile testing site.pdf

June 4, 2020 – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released information on Stage 3 guidance with a recommended effective date of June 12.

The guidance listed below covers 11 sectors and outlines the requirements for reopening, some in all counties, and some limited to variance counties only. A variance county may choose to move forward with any or all of the posted guidance based on local data and conditions.

All guidance can be viewed here. Links to the specific guidance for each sector are listed below. Asterisks * indicate a sector that can only open in a county with a variance.

Please also note that this tranche of guidance may come at various times with various implementation dates as well. The state is considering modifications to the statewide order prohibiting nonessential travel and acknowledged that counties, businesses, and the public require more information and clarity about travel and freedom of movement.

El Dorado County Western Slope Small Business Fund

Applications are now open for the Small Business Relief Fund created by El Dorado County, El Dorado Hills Chambers of Commerce, and the El Dorado Community Foundation. This Western Slope-focused Small Business Fund allows grants up to $1,000 to pay unpaid invoices. Learn more and apply for assistance.

May 13, 2020 – El Dorado County Gets Variance from State to Start Dine-In Service at Restaurants, In-Store Retail 

The businesses and industries that may open in El Dorado County immediately upon having implemented their safety plans include the below. Answers to commonly asked questions can be found at the El Dorado County COVID-19 State 2 FAQ page

EDC COVID-19 Testing Now Available for Utility, Grocery, Food Supply, and Public Employee Workers.

Process is APPOINTMENT ONLY
Registration opens on May 2nd at 1 pm.
Register for an appointment at https://lhi.care/covidtesting 
For those without internet access, call 888-634-1123

April 30, 2020 – El Dorado County Extends Travel Ban into County Portion of Lake Tahoe

See Press Release / Order / FAQ – County Directive Expiration, Travel to Lake Tahoe, Essential vs. Nonessential, Reopening El Dorado County

April 4, 2020 – El Dorado Transit is temporarily going Fare-Free starting Saturday, April 4, 2020 until further notice to decrease the financial burden on our passengers, and to reduce direct contact through the exchange of fare collection and processing to adhere social distancing recommendations for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)  outbreak. Learn more here. 

April 3, 2020 – ​El Dorado County Issues Order to Stop Non-Essential Travel to South Lake Tahoe

See Press Release / Order

In response to the swell of non-fulltime residents traveling to Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County Public Health Officer, Dr. Nancy Williams issued a no-travel Order to reduce the number of visitors and other non-fulltime residents in the basin.

“Visitors whom we enthusiastically welcome during normal times are further impacting an already decreased availability of essential supplies and food, and putting the entire Lake Tahoe population at greater risk of being able to receive proper health care,” Williams said.

“It’s time to take this very strong message to those who are not already residing in South Lake Tahoe: if you have no essential function and you are here, please go home; if you have no essential function and you are not here, please stay home.”

March 24, 2020 – El Dorado County Issues Directive Clarifying Restriction of Short-Term Rentals to Reduce the Spread of the COVID-19 Virus

See Directive / See Press Release

On March 24, 2020, El Dorado County’s Public Health Officer, Dr. Nancy Williams,  issued a directive that clarifies Governor Newsom’s March 18th “Stay At Home” Order as it relates to short-term lodging, defined as a period of less than 30 days at facilities including hotels, motels, condominiums, campgrounds, other units.

The Directive states that staying in a short-term for recreation, tourism or as a location other than one’s residence to “shelter in place” is not considered an essential activity and Californians are in violation of the Governor’s Order and Public Health Officer’s earlier Directive if they do so.

March 19, 2020 – El Dorado County Issues Shelter in Place Directive

See Directive / See Press Release

On March 19, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom also issued a Stay at Home order for Californians. 

See Governor’s Order and Additional Information

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the El Dorado County business community and its many hospitality-related employees. 

The El Dorado County Visitors Authority and the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce are working together to provide accurate and timely information and related resources for business owners and those facing layoffs, reduced hours, and other hardships as a result of COVID-19. Federal and state officials are working on programs and measures to assist those suffering financial impacts from this pandemic.

You can find information on COVID-19 and updates regarding government mandates here.

Local Resources

 State Resources

 National Resources

Financial Resources

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program:  The SBA has begun accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications on a limited basis only to provide relief to U.S. agricultural businesses.  According to the SBA website (5/4/20), EIDL applications submitted prior to the lapsed in funding authority will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

o   New Data on EIDL Loan Activity (April 24, 2020):  https://www.sba.gov/document/report–covid-19-eidl-loans-report

o   New Data on EIDL Cash Advances (April 24, 2020):   https://www.sba.gov/document/report–covid-19-eidl-advance-report

o   EIDL Website (5/4/20):  https://www.sba.gov/page/disaster-loan-applications

  • The US Small Business Administrationis hosting daily calls at 11:00 am and 4:00 pm to share information and answer questions regarding Economic Injury Disaster Loans and the Paycheck Protection Program.  To join via phone or Zoom, you can sign up for email updates with phone numbers, web links, and other log-in information for any call you would like to join.  To receive current information:  https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USSBA/subscriber/new?topic_id=USSBA_76
  • Ag Loans Available Under the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program:  The SBA has begun accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications on a limited basis only to provide relief to U.S. agricultural businesseshttps://www.sba.gov/page/disaster-loan-applications
  • Main Street Lending Program:  The Federal Reserve released more details on the Main Street Lending Program.  The Main Street Lending Program is designed to assist small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Program will operate through three facilities: the Main Street New Loan Facility (MSNLF), the Main Street Priority Loan Facility (MSPLF), and the Main Street Expanded Loan Facility (MSELF).  Eligibility of borrowers is limited to businesses who meet one of these two criteria:  (1) the business has 15,000 employees or fewer; or (2) the business had 2019 revenues of $5 billion or less. Loans will have a four-year maturity, and principal and interest payments on the loans will be deferred for one year.  The Main Street Lending Program can be used to originate new loans (under MSNLF and MSPLF) or increase the size of existing loans (under MSELF).  The fact sheets below provide additional and specific information about the MSNLF, MSPLF, and MSELF. 
  • SBA Paycheck Protection Program: An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
  • SBA Disaster Assistance Loans:  SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans for businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners, and renters(Live agent to guide you through the process 1-800-659-2955)
  • SBA Funding Programs – Capital Access
    • Incidents can strain a small business’s financial capacity to make payroll, maintain inventory, and respond to market fluctuations (both sudden drops and surges in demand). Companies should prepare by exploring and testing their capital access options, so they have what they need when they need it.
  • IBANK Jump Start Loan Program
    • IBank is offering loans from $500 to $10,000 to low-wealth entrepreneurs in the declared disaster and emergency areas through its Jump Start Loan Program.

For Employees Facing Hardships

Hospitality and Food and Beverage Industry-Specific Assistance

Bartenders in need of emergency assistance should contact the USBG National Charity Foundation. Membership is not required to apply.

The Restaurant Workers Community Foundation has opened a fund and resource page for workers impacted by the pandemic.

Hotel employees impacted by COVID-19 are recommended to contact California EDD for assistance.

Heard That Foundation is also dedicated to the advancement and support of hospitality workers in the United States. Please check out their Facebook Page for more information.

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